Queen approves of split as brothers’ feud simmers
THE Queen may have made peace with her grandson, but mending fences between Princes Harry and William may not be as easy. As the monarch gave Harry and Meghan permission to live overseas, reports say the princes’ relationship is “deeply damaged” — despite the pair denying claims of “bullying”.
A HEARTBROKEN Queen has graciously let Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go their own way as she throws aside protocol to save her family.
The Queen, 93, has allowed her grandson and his wife a chance to start a new life in Canada with their baby Archie, issuing an emotional statement yesterday.
It comes amid claims of furious fighting between Prince William, 37, and Prince Harry, 35, with sparks flying the night before a polo game that was attended by both their wives and children.
The spat was so bitter, they have not been able to recover.
A 90-minute meeting between the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry sealed the royal divorce deal yesterday.
“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” the Queen said.
“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.
“Although we would have preferred them to remain fulltime working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”
There was debate whether the common touch meant the Queen was planning to strip them of their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex. But that was dismissed, with royal commentators saying it was a sign of how personal the issue was to the Queen.
However, mending fences between Prince William and his brother may not be as easy.
The Sun newspaper, which broke the story about their Canada move, said that the pair’s relationship was “tense and deeply damaged”.
Despite a united front rejecting reports of bullying behaviour in statements overnight, Princess Diana’s boys are said to be at loggerheads.
“It’s absolutely heartbreaking to see just how damaged William and Harry’s relationship has become,” a source told The Sun.
“They’ll always love each other as brothers, but right now things have never been so bad. William feels betrayed and let down by Harry. Harry feels like William and Kate never gave Meghan a chance. And now they’re leaving the country in this state.”
Meanwhile, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland has backed the couple’s decision to walk out on the royals.
“Doria is very much about being true to oneself and so of course she will continue to encourage Meghan to take the road less travelled,” a friend of Meghan’s told the Daily Mail.
There were few details of how the couple would become part-time royals, with security and finances still up in the air, but with another promise of more news within days.
“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives,” the Queen said.
“It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.
“These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”
Prince Harry and Meghan have been staying rent-free at a multimillion-dollar home on Vancouver Island in Canada during a six-week break, with Meghan expected to stay there. The couple’s desire to pay their own way has complicated the discussions.
It remains unclear what work they could do and whether they may be restricted from spruiking products because of their royal links.
Broadcaster Piers Morgan was scathing of the couple.
ghan have successfully bullied the Queen into letting them have their cake & eat it,” he tweeted following the Queen’s statement.
And he criticised Prince Harry following a newly subtitled version of The Lion King premiere in London in July surfacing this week.
In the video, Prince Harry says Meghan was available to do voiceover work for Disney to its chief executive Bob Iger.
The company gave Meghan voiceover work in exchange for a donation to a wildlife charity Elephants Without Borders.
“The more you watch this, the more cringe-making it gets,” Morgan said. “Especially when you know Harry missed a big Royal Marines (he’s their Captain General) memorial service to be at this Lion King premiere, hustling his wife’s voiceover skills to the boss of Disney.”
However, Prince Harry has had mixed support from some of his fellow soldiers, amid reports that he had been struggling with his mental health.
James Glancy, a former captain in the Special Boat Service, said Prince Harry had lost the respect of some in the armed forces.
“He’s done two tours of Afghanistan. I was there for one of his tours ... He’s done brilliant work in charity since he’s left the Armed Forces, especially with the Invictus
Games, but his behaviour in the last year is not becoming of somebody that holds these important positions, these patronages, including that of the Captain General,’’ he said on a UK radio station.
“Everybody agrees that if he wants to leave these positions ... he’s absolutely entitled to have another life, and he’s entitled to live overseas.
“But you can’t do this half and half. You’re either in or out,” he said.
The royal family il h has d denied claims that they forced out Prince Harry and Meghan. There has also been a storm over whether racist reporting prompted Meghan to feel unwelcome in the UK.
Home Secretary Priti Patel denied that there was racism towards Meghan in the press.
Ms Patel did not provide details about the couple’s security arrangements when they move to Canada.
My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family QUEEN ELIZABETH
IF ONE thing has been demonstrated in the drama over Prince Harry and Meghan
Markle’s attempts to extricate themselves from the royal family, it is that the Queen is a first-rate problem-solver.
Ever dignified, sometimes in the face of less than impeccable behaviour from those around her, the 93-year-old monarch has shown time and time again that she is the glue holding the royals together.
Even in the face of a reported rift between her grandchildren and the break-away of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Queen has played a reassuring role.
Her statement, in which she refers to the couple as “Harry and Meghan” has been widely interpreted as an attempt to contain the fallout.
Rather than being a sign she would strip them of their titles, the statement has been read by most royal commentators as an indication of the personal nature of the historic events for her.
In some ways, the Queen may have had little choice, given the couple’s declaration they would be severing ties with the royal family.
But she has done so in a way that shows empathy towards Harry and Meghan, while helping to prevent further divisions.
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